Planner Retreat at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

As we wrap up 2015, I wanted to take time to reflect on one of my favorite events of the year. I was honored to plan and design a planner retreat at The Ranch at Bandy Canyon. The Ranch wanted to host some of the best planner/designers in the industry to a relaxing retreat filled with friends, relaxation, wine and food from French Master Chef Patrick Ponsaty. The inspiration was “Birds of a Feather Nest Together”. Enjoy!


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Juice_Wave-_Truck_t540Thank you to all the amazing vendors that made this event possible!

Venue: Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Catering: Bellamys

Specialty Rentals: Hire Elegance

Floral Design: Blush Botanicals

Linen/Chargers: APR Linen

Table top dishes/glassware: Hostess Haven

Photography: Bauman Photographers

Music: Just Dave Band

Stationary: Love Paper Paint


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Why We Didn’t Hire a Wedding Planner… But Wish We Had


I found this great article written from a bride’s perspective. It’s sad how many brides realize AFTER the wedding, just how important a wedding planner is. I hope that bride’s continue to share their experiences so that others will not make the same mistake. Planning a wedding without a wedding planner for one of the biggest events of your life, is like producing a movie without a Director. Can you imagine!? I hope this article will help at least a few brides understand the importance of hiring a Director for their big day!

Jessica Gillon – Events by Design

Until you really get into the preparations for your big day, it is impossible to fathom how much work is involved and how many details need to be taken care of.

Source: Why We Didn’t Hire a Wedding Planner… But Wish We Had

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The Pink Lady Gets a Face Lift – La Valencia Hotel

La Valencia Hotel



 This wedding planner has had a crazy start to the wedding season! I haven’t had the chance, until now, to tell you all about my fabulous trip to the La Valencia Hotel for a delectable lunch with great colleagues.  I was honored to be invited by Mark Dibella (General Manage), Rita Moore (Director of Catering) and Bobby Fader (Sales Catering Manager) for a luncheon to see all of the wonderful changes in store for the property. It was so exciting to hear the passion and enthusiasm in the voices of the La V team. It’s one of my favorite properties. I can’t wait to bring my clients to this beautiful hotel!

Me and the Director of Catering, the wonderful Rita Moore.

Me and the Director of Catering, the wonderful Rita Moore.

Upon sitting down, we learned that we were actually the last event in the La Sala Lounge before the renovation. What an honor. This room is already so beautiful. It has the best view in all of La Jolla, and maybe even San Diego. I have been back since, and let me say, it is worth the trip to see it. I highly recommend their Sunday Brunch. It’s the best in San Diego.


Our table decor was designed by the beautifully talented Jennifer Cole of Jennifer Cole Florals. I love this sweet design of a lil bling meets natural beauty.


Place setting and favor

Lunch was fabulous! I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves!

La Valencia Hotel

First Course: Champagne Gelee, Strawberry, Mint Caviar

Second Course: Clam and Scallop Stuffed Prawn

Second Course: Clam and Scallop Stuffed Prawn

Third Course: Salad   Boston Lettuce, Pomegranate, Bleu Cheese,  Pine Nuts, Red Onion

Third Course: Salad – Boston Lettuce, Pomegranate, Bleu Cheese, Pine Nuts, Red Onion

La Valencia Luncheon

Fourth Course: Roasted Corvina, Garbanzo Puree, Salsa Vera Cruz, Crusted Parmesan

La Valencia Dessert

Fifth Course: Dessert! A lil bit of heaven!

La Valencia Hotel Dessert

Fifth Course: Dessert…yes, their were two kinds of dessert!

This lovely get together was orchestrated by one of my favorite peeps, Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings. This woman goes the extra mile to ensure everything she does is nothing short of fabulous.

Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings

Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings

After lunch, Rita walked us through more of the property. Though I am familiar with it, I want to share it with all of you. Here are some great photos of one of their beautiful suites.

 Suite La Valencia

Suite La Valencia Hotel



 What better way to end a great Luncheon than with gifts!!!

La Valencia


Thank you to all the other Wedding Professionals that made this luncheon great!  Braja Mandala for the beautiful photography and Concepts Event Design for the gorgeous linen and chiavari chairs.


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Charity Wedding Dress Sale

Did you ever think you could actually find a coupon pertaining to wedding gowns!? Us either! So we wanted to share this with you all. Find a beautiful gown, at an amazing price AND support a great charity! Happy shopping!

SD Dress Sale Nov 14-17

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A Wedding Professional gets Hitched!

I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite peeps in the industry. Tricia Sadikoff (now Tricia Taylor!), Catering Sales Manager at The Hotel Del, hired her favorite and most trusted vendors to ensure her day was all she had hoped for! Take a peek at Tricia and Terry’s special day!

Venue: The Ranch at Bandy Canyon

Floral Design: Organic Elements 

Rentals: Affairs Party Rental, The Hostess Haven

Catering: The Vetted Table

Bar: Bellamy’s Catering

Desserts:  Elizabethan Desserts

Entertainment: Entertainment at Large

Photography: Brant Bender Photography

Videography: Joe Park Films



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